A book by Barry Thornton.
Hardcover Second edition 1997 (c)Creative Monochrome Ltd, Printed in England by Saunders&Williams Ltd
Photographer’s Library: Elements
Author Barry Thornton was regarded as one of the most technically accomplished photographers in the country. Also, he was known as bestseller author of books Elements and Edge of Darkness. Although Barry past away you can still find his articles on the internet. The link is HERE.
I never heard of Barry Thornton before. During the Photo show 2019, I was browsing through the selection of books at the Disabled Photographers stand. Although I did not know the name of the photographer, I had to buy this book when I saw how beautifully is this book printed.
The first part of the book is Introduction and Technical preface. Here author states that you can not make a fine print from a poor negative. He explains the Zone system and also how to visualize the final image.
The quality of the print is at a very high standard. Elements contain more than 60 immaculate photographs. Barry explains with his examples of how he visualised the images and how he used available techniques to realise the desired results.
In this book, you can find plenty of advice on how to expose the film, how to develop and how to print it. But not just that Barry gives advice also on practical stuff, for example how to pack your equipment when you out shooting. This is a book I enjoyed a lot. Barry talks about analogue processes, but all can be easy translate to the digital world as well.
Would I recommend this book to other photographers? Yes, I think this book is great and it will have a prominent space in my library. Every photographer should read this book for inspiration and technical tips.
You still can buy this book on Amazon: here
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